The Cincinnati Bearcats were dealth both injury and insult during Saturday's loss to West Virginia as starting quarterback Zach Collaros was sidelined for the season with a broken ankle.
Collaros went down near his own endzone in the 2nd quarter of a 24-21 loss, after being swarmed by Mountaineer defensemen. As Collaros scrambled, he was sacked from behind by a defender that rolled overtop of the senior's ankle. His expression told the story; the Bearcats' leader was in excrutiating pain.
An MRI conducted Sunday morning confirmed that the star suffered a broken ankle. He will miss the final three games of the regular season, at Rutgers, at Syracuse and home against Connecticut. Coach Butch Jones left open the possibility that Collaros could return to the field for a Bearcats' bowl game.
Taking the reins for the Bearcats is sophomore quarterback Munchie Legeaux. After replacing Collaros in the 2nd quarter Saturday, Legeaux quickly picked up speed, finishing the game 10 of 21 passing for 144 yards along with 8 rushes for 113 yards and a TD.
Legeaux takes over for a UC team that currently leads a tight Big East race with three games to go. Should the Bearcats win out, they'll secure their 3rd BCS bowl bid in 4 years.
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